Immediately following an album signing event on Saturday, Public Enemy were scheduled to perform a gig in Sheffield, England alongside The Prodigy. The hip-hop outfit’s agenda was going as planned, until the taxi tasked with taking Chuck D and Flavor Flav to the concert drove off without them.
Fortunately for the two MCs, a Good Samaritan and longtime fan named Kevin Wells stepped in to lend a hand. Wells, who’d attended the in-store signing, offered to drive them to Motorpoint Arena in his Ford Focus. It was a tight squeeze, as evidenced by a selfie Wells took (seen above), but a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing for any fan.
“They were such nice guys, we had a right laugh,” Wells told The Telegraph of the ride. “We were chatting away, but the phone was constantly going as their management were clearly worried.”
At one point during the drive, they were all belting “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “Then as we were coming through Attercliffe, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, by Queen, came on the radio,” Wells said. “Everyone was singing the words and rocking out in the back of my car, it was like a Wayne’s World moment. I was looking in the rear view mirror thinking, ‘Is this actually happening?'”
Chuck D and Flavor Flav managed to reach the venue just in the nick of time, 15 minutes before Public Enemy were set to hit the stage. As for Wells, he’ll have one heck of a story to tell for years to come.